Security is more than just a regulatory-driven necessity for utilities; it has become a business imperative. Most utilities can no longer do business effectively or efficiently without internet of things (IoT) technology; and recent events in the Ukraine have shown that large-scale attacks against power grids can succeed. Beginning July 1, 2016, utilities must comply with NERC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection standard, v6, which features an expanded scope and emphasis on security, compared to previous NERC CIP regimes. Most U.S. utilities already enjoy a relatively high level of awareness and sophistication about cybersecurity, compared to other industries — but there are some common weak spots. To respond effectively to ever-shifting cyber threats and vulnerabilities, utilities must adopt a risk-based security approach that exceeds regulatory requirements. This paper recommends an integrated utility security program that encompasses physical and digital security technology, staffing and training, leadership support, cross-departmental collaboration and cross-sector coordination.
While the growing pains of a rapidly transforming industry are becoming more prominent, the trend towards growth in advanced energy is becoming increasingly clear. Major energy companies are now evaluating the most effective strategies to navigate this changing landscape, but the path is uncertain. To guide energy produces along the way, Mercatus has designed the Advanced Energy Insights Report, providing key insights into conditions and trends that are emerging in the advanced energy power generation market.
The report highlights:
- Outlooks and forecasts into new power generation capacity
- The surge of global investment into emerging markets
- Market forces driving diversification across power generation technologies
- Key trends and developments in the US Market
In addition, Mercatus outlines best practices and strategies for a transitioning energy market, so that power producers can realign their strategies to keep up with the advancing energy future. Download the report to learn more.
DNV GL (formerly PV Evolution Labs), a global firm that delivers world-renowned testing, certification and advisory services to the entire energy value chain, is proud to present the 2016 PV Module Reliability Scorecard which provides unparalleled technical comparisons of PV module reliability. With full-life field data more than twenty years away and without access to publicly available data comparing long-term module reliability by vendor, how can buyers and investors factor quality into their procurement discussions?
Over the past few years independent lab data has established a critical role in evaluating PV module quality and long term reliability. DNV GL’s PV module testing lab, founded in 2010, was the first lab to offer PV equipment testing services focused at the downstream market (banks, developers, IPPs, etc.). The PVEL-GTM PV Module Reliability Scorecard aims to address the lack of publicly available long-term PV module data. The evaluation includes environmental testing that goes beyond traditional module certification testing. With its supplier-specific performance analysis, the Scorecard can help investors and developers generate quality-backed procurement strategies to ensure long-term project viability.
Whether enhancing reliability and resilience, facilitating the integration of renewable energy sources, or establishing electricity service where there was none before, microgrids are poised to play a major role going forward. This paper explores the trends and technical implications.
On April 15, 2016, Tesla Motors filed its 14A (definitive proxy statement) document, shedding light on Tesla’s energy storage business, particularly its partnership with SolarCity. GTM Research uncovered some interesting tidbits.